December 22, 2023

ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — The demand for puppies and other pets is high during the holidays and causing more people to fall for online pet scams. The Better Business Bureau Serving Metro Atlanta, Athens & Northeast Georgia has a few tips to make sure scammers don’t steal your holiday spirit and your hard-earned dollars.

Roswell resident Wendy Segnitz says losing her pet was like losing a family member. “In September, I had lost my dear, sweet Glory girl, which was a West Island Terrier, due to cancer, and I was just devastated,” Segnitz said. She searched online for a new pup for Christmas and came across a “Kern’s Westies” website. She saw the red flags when she finally reached someone. “She said these puppies were 10 to 11 weeks, and then four weeks later, they were still 10 to 11 weeks,” said Segnitz. The person said a select pup was located just a few hours away. “The price of the puppy was $800, which I thought was quite low,” Segnitz said.

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The person asked for a total of $950, which included a $150 delivery fee, through Zelle to deliver the pet. However, Segnitz had discovered the scammers were using a fake…

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